Kyle Singler was one of the best players on one of the most likable teams to ever play at Duke. At 6-foot-8 and with a diverse skill set, it is hard to believe that a player like him would come around again anytime soon. However, one such player may already be on the roster.
Alex Murphy will be in his first season with the Blue Devils this year after redshirting last season. The Rhode Island native is one of the more exciting players on this year’s squad due to his blend of height, ball handling and athleticism.
Adding to the excitement on Tuesday was the Fay Observer as they compared the newcomer to the former Blue Devil, calling him a “mirror image” of Singler. Coach Mike Krzyzewski supports the comparison, too.
“He looks like Kyle,” Krzyzewski said, according to the report. “Kyle was the [fourth] all-time leading scorer at Duke, the heart of a lion, and [Murphy] can do some of those things for us.”
Murphy is also expected to be in the running for ACC Freshman of the Year, an award that would kick his career off on a similar note to Singler’s. However, by the time Singler left campus he had the one thing every player chases: a national title.
Murphy has never been one to compare himself to anyone. But he will take this comparison in stride and as a compliment.
“When someone like Coach compares me to a guy like Kyle, I sit back and it’s pretty cool for him to say something like that considering the player Kyle was here,” said Murphy, according to the report.